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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Winter Events & Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 24 Jan
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, and playing with other tots!

Ages 1-3

Occurs every Tuesday

Mon 30 Jan
Flying WILD
Monday, January 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

This professional development workshop is perfect for teachers in middle school and above. The curriculum uses hands-on lessons involving birds to teach a variety of subjects. Participants will receive a free curriculum guide upon completion of the workshop.

Teachers only. To RSVP (required), contact Emily Becker at 718-605-3970 x201 or email Emily.Becker@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jan
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, and playing with other tots!

Ages 1-3

Occurs every Tuesday

Tue 07 Feb
Tot Time Tuesday
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by creating crafts, story time, and playing with other tots!

Ages 1-3

Occurs every Tuesday

Sat 11 Feb
Weird Science Fair
Saturday, February 11, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Experiment with us! If you'd like to bring your own, please RSVP with Emily Becker at 718-605-3970 x201 or emily.becker@parks.ny.gov

Ages 7+

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